Tampa Palms Partners With Arkon for Tennis Court Winner
Tampa Palms just missed when it first installed LED lighting over its tennis courts. The planned community, situated in New Tampa just north of the University of South Florida, didn't want to double fault.
“The first lighting was okay, but it just wasn’t great,” said Deby Paul, Tampa Palms North Owner Associations manager. “LEDs are supposed to provide much better lighting and huge savings on electricity, and we didn’t quite get that.”
Working alongside court surface provider Welch Tennis, Arkon was able to provide Paul and Tampa Palms exactly what they wanted.
Arkon's Graham Brown and his team performed a photometric analysis of the Tampa Palms courts and determined they could provide high quality illumination over the entire surface using eight 450-watt LED area lights. The one-to-one replacement of Tampa Palms’ legacy metal halide fixtures would fit on four new concrete lighting poles, also provided by Arkon.
“We were able to cut their power use by more than half while giving them 50% more light,” Brown said.
Tampa Palms isn’t the only tennis court Arkon has upgraded. The LED provider has completed multiple court projects for the city of Safety Harbor and Advenir Magnolia in Orlando, and Arkon recently signed a contract on a large new construction project for tennis and pickleball courts.
“Tennis court lighting is a huge industry, and we’ve mastered the necessary photometrics,” Brown said.
The new lighting at Tampa Palms, which reduced maintenance costs significantly compared to the metal halides that preceded the community's first set of LEDs, has been a hit with Tampa Palms residents, Paul said.
“We are very happy with what [Arkon] came up with—we’re very happy with the end result,” she said. “And our tennis players are much happier with the upgrades.”
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